D.I. Lottie Parker #10
When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pyjamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.
That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son Evan has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.
Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts and when she realises the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.
But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?
Baddies, watch out, because Lottie won’t rest until she has you where she wants you: behind bars!
For the 10th time already, the author takes us to Ireland where Lottie and her team are facing another gruesome case.
A police investigation is like a jigsaw puzzle. The team has to fit all the pieces of information together in order to find the culprit and different departments often have to join forces. It would of course be easy peasy if all the clues could be found in one place, but here a treasure hunt is added to the mix. It seems like this time Lottie faces a lot of people who are masters in not showing the back of their tongues and the puzzle only gets more complicated while the clock keeps ticking faster and faster.
A police team should also be a well oiled machine where there is a good atmosphere, but when things go a bit topsy turvy Lottie is obliged to take measures. Not great at a time where she can use every pair of hands…
At last but not least police officers are not machines. They also have a personal life to deal with and unfortunately those things are often put on the back burner. Works comes first because the bad guys never sleep.
When the killer is caught everybody is happy, me included, but I do wonder whether some people could have stopped all this from happening if they had intervened long before everything went out of hand. Aren’t they as much to blame??? In my opinion yes, they are and I hope they don’t got off scot free.
A great story with plenty of suspects to choose from and a few very heart breaking moments. 5 stars
Thank you, Patricia Gibney and Bookouture
About the author
Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.